Fate/Apocrypha Episode 7: The final battle approaches

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Overall, this episode didn’t really feel like much, but it built up a lot near the end. I’m pretty annoyed at the beginning of the episode for fizzling a very obviously overblown cliffhanger instantly. The end of the episode seems to be moving towards a large-scale battle, though, which is something I always like to see. I’m curious whether this battle is related to the battle from the beginning of the series, but Siegfried, Jack, and Mordred are missing.

I guess the episode was meant to show Sieg resolving himself and rejoining the fight, but his scenes felt more like distractions than anything else. I suppose it was better than the time wasted on Shakespeare’s speech…

I’m not sure what to make of this flashback(?) scene. Was that a burning Fuyuki? Some memory from Shirou?

You’re one to talk about “cowardice”, Assassin. Didn’t you open that battle with poison fog? I guess I can’t complain since the Assassin of Red just summoned a floating fortress.

I’ll be really surprised if we don’t lose some Servants in this upcoming battle. Hopefully, we’re in for some epic fighting next week. Though, I admit I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a decent number of flashbacks and memory sequences to flesh out some characters before they die.

Fate/Apocrypha Episode 6: Back to the Servants

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Alright, looks like we’re back to Mordred…I suppose it’s hard to be the main character in a seven vs. seven deathmatch. I’m gonna stop commenting on fight animation in this series because I feel like I say the same things every week. I think there’s plenty more to say in this episode anyway.

Let’s start with Mordred. From her perspective, I think her past wasn’t particularly interesting. She’s really easy to boil down to “Daddy didn’t notice me”. On the other hand, Arturia’s motivations might be a bit more interesting. We’ve seen her vulnerabilities in other Fate series, so her reaction to a father-worshipping son is probably justified. Also, I’m not even gonna try with genders.

I didn’t mind this, though…

I can’t say I have an issue with sacrificing Gordes either.

This scene was just hilarious. Making Fran hate electricity is just a really nice touch.

I can’t tell whether they’re being serious with this character. She’s literally Dr. Octopus right now. But all of that aside, the cliffhanger at the end of the episode feels a bit cheap. I get the sense that her brother (the glasses guy) will show up to save her and potentially die himself. His comment about summoning Fran with a Command Spell if he gets in trouble seems very much like a death flag. Surely, they wouldn’t just make Fran disappear so early, right?

Fate/Apocrypha Episode 5: Finding life

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This week’s episode felt pretty mellow in comparison to last week’s episode, but it introduced some interesting elements. I’m guessing we needed to cool down a bit after Siegfried’s death. And on that note, I’ll start with Sieg. The stuff about his name was pretty simple. He probably only took half of Siegfried’s name because he thinks of himself as half a person or something.

I was a little curious about Sieg’s view of the other homunculi, though. If he was just like the other homunculi and still managed to escape his captivity, why doesn’t he wish it on the others? It’s true that there’s no Siegfried around to give any of the others a new heart. I guess the explanation could be as simple as that. He might not want to wish the suffering he experienced before his “death” on the other homunculi. But why does he make it sound like they’re incapable of acting as he did?

Introducing Assassin of Black as a third faction in this war makes things interesting. I think it makes the series get closer to the normal Fate stories if the alliances are a bit more shaky. Also, is she supposed to be Jack the Ripper? It seems like an appropriate identity for Assassin, and it would mean that she’s the next target for the series.

We also get some background on Ruler this week. I apologize for my misconception in episode 2. This explanation clears that up nicely. The mistake in her summoning was her lack of body, not the fact that she was summoned in the first place.

Is this a Ruler-specific power or is this just a mundane prediction? Is Jeanne able to see the future?

Also, Astolfo managed to get off pretty easy.

Fate/Apocrypha Episode 4: That’s not Lancer

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Well, this episode certainly escalated quickly. Honestly, I felt like I had a lot more complaints in this episode than I normally have. Let’s start with the good stuff. This episode showcased a lot of new Servants, and they’re pretty much all cool. Sure, there are three characters from Greek mythology, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Greek mythology. Plus, Chiron is an Archer opposing Achilles, who was killed by a magic arrow.

In the Red faction, we also have a bit of a reversed situation going on. In normal Fate stories, the Servants work to keep their identities hidden, even to the point of keeping them from their masters. In this series, it’s the reverse. I’m not sure if this is supposed to be a significant difference or if it’s just another indication that the Red faction is a bunch of random mages, but it’s intriguing.

I’m really not convinced about the homunculus. Everything about him seems so arbitrary, and I feel like there are only so many places you can take a character like that. He starts out as a throwaway doll to be used for an experiment, so I’m assuming he’s going to find some self-importance in his life.

I guess I’m surprised that Siegfried died so quickly, since I thought the backstory he was given last week was an introduction, not a death flag. Still, I guess it makes sense now. The homunculus probably inherited his power, which would explain why Mordred calls “Siegfried” a fake in the opening battle of the series.

I actually thought that I would be making the early death comment about Spartacus, since he was getting ripped apart. But he seemed fine with the pain, and it looked like he was just captured. Maybe he was the distraction to hide Siegfried’s impending fate.

Did Gordes really use a Command Spell just because Siegfried refused to use his Noble Phantasm? It didn’t look like the situation was particularly dire yet. I get that this guy has a lot of pride, but that’s infinite levels of stupid. Also, why did it consume two Command Spells when it failed?

Fate/Apocrypha Episode 3: Fights across the board

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I’m starting to understand why this series is running for two seasons. If we need an introduction like this for every Servant, it’s the only way we’ll have time. That being said, it’s technically three introductions if you count Chiron. Those aside, this episode seemed to focus a lot on an escaped homunculus, which was a bit strange. He seems important, but I can’t imagine what his role is other than being a MacGuffin for Caster.

I’m not sure what to make of Ruler’s impartiality in this episode. On the one hand, it makes sense that she would try not interfere with Servant battles when possible. On the other hand, she was very quickly convinced that Karna wouldn’t attack her once Siegfried arrived.

Quick note: I think I misinterpreted a scene from last week. I thought that Ruler had no idea what her role in the Grail War was, but that doesn’t seem to be the case from this episode. I’m guessing that line was just her way of saying “why do I need to be here?” instead. My bad.

The fight animation in the battle between Karna and Siegfried just didn’t feel great to watch. It was like I was watching two blurs slamming into each other with explosions in the background. It didn’t feel like an actual fight. I hesitate to say that it was all bad, though, since I thought certain parts looked fine, like the face in Siegfried’s explosion and the shot of each Servant with auras around them.

The rest is just going to be small scenes. This scene in particular was pretty hilarious. Nothing to see here, officer!

Siegfried’s background seems suspiciously similar to Arturia’s background in that they both felt pigeonholed into the whims of the people. Also, wasn’t Gordes trying to hide Siegfried’s name?

Arturia’s parenting skills are pretty strong.

Fate/Apocrypha Episode 2: More introductions

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With last week’s episode introducing the setting of this world and some of the mages involved, this week’s episode seemed more focused on introducing Servants, at least on the black faction’s side. It’s always hard to gauge the relative strength of the Servants, so it’s hard to say which side has the advantage. That being said, it looks like the black faction is more of a cohesive family while the red faction is a bunch of strangers slapped together into a team. I know that there were hints at some sibling rivalries in this episode, but the black faction seems to at least have that edge.

I thought this scene with Shakespeare’s introduction was a pretty funny demonstration of the disorganization in the red faction. I’ll probably always question Spartacus as a character in this world, but it’s still pretty funny that he casually tries to assault the black faction without much confirmation from his allies.

Kairi and Mordred in particular seem like an interesting combination too. Mordred demonstrates herself to be much less straightlaced than her father in this week’s episode, which fits well with Kairi’s personality.

I didn’t really expect the opening scene in this episode. It seems a lot like Jeanne is completely unaware of her role as Ruler in this Grail War, even though Kotomine reveals that his knowledge of her role at the end of the episode. I’m pretty curious to see what’s going on there. If the Ruler is supposed to preside of the Grail War, it seems odd that she’d have no idea what she’s doing.

This scene I wanted to point out in particular. Kotomine states that Kairi was hiding Mordred’s real name through magical means, which seems a bit odd. What’s the point of introducing the Servants by name in the black faction if there’s some other way to figure it out?

Does the Kotomine character have access to two Servants?

Other than that, I don’t have much more on this episode. Seems like we have a pretty fun spread of characters in this war on the Servant side, so I’m still curious to see where it heads.

Fate/Apocrypha First Impressions (1): Learning it all over again

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Well, the Fate train is still alive, so I’m probably obligated to jump on board. I don’t mind that this series started out with an action sequence (that’s presumably in the future) to give us a sense of how it will look. The rest of the episode seemed like a pretty standard introduction to the setting, so it’s nice to get a taste of the action early. As for the introduction itself, it seemed a bit dense with information, but I think I got the gist.

I guess the Grail of this universe decided that it didn’t want to give a single person the victory for free, so it forced two sets of seven Servants to be summoned instead of the standard seven. That way, Servant deaths will be less important. Other than that, there wasn’t all too much more to this premiere. All that being said, there’s no way I’m going to be able to remember these names…like Yggdmillennia.

I want to talk briefly about the fight scenes in the opening of the episode. While I didn’t think it was bad for having to be compared with Ufotable, I thought that most of the attacks looked a bit fast. It was hard to keep track of weapon movements when a clash was happening because the weapons seemed to disappear a lot. Also, the red and blue beam attacks seemed a bit tacky, especially when they combined to create a purple explosion. That’s my take on it, at least.

On another notes, I liked the music in the episode. I think the score is done by the same composer who made the score for Gundam Iron-blooded Orphans. It sounded very similar. I probably would have preferred Yuki Kajiura like other Fates, but this is fine.

There are a couple of scenes I wanted to note here. First off, doesn’t the golem in this scene look a lot like the droids from the Star Wars prequels?

I should probably have expected this, but it still caused me to sigh a bit. They really can’t resist this reference, can they? That being said, I have to admit that the armor looks pretty sweet.

Anyway, that was my take on Fate/Apocrypha. Whether or not I continue to write about this series depends largely on my schedule…unless a good case is made in the comments.

Fate/stay Night Unlimited Blade Works S2 Final Episode (25): Waver seems different somehow

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Hmm…well I can’t exactly call this episode an “ending” since it’s just a wrap-up, but it makes for a decent epilogue (as advertised). I think it’s safe to say that this epilogue was mostly fan service like the prologue (I was definitely surprised that there was a fight scene though). We mostly get to see adult Rin in action. Content-wise, I’d say I’m a bit skeptical of Shirou’s ending because it seems like he’s still going down the same path as Archer and theoretically doomed to repeat it.

So in all, this series was a noticeable improvement on its predecessor and pretty enjoyable to watch. I think I’m going to start recommending that people just ignore the original Fate/stay Night. I think this series might be one of my favorites of the season…and I knew most of what would happen in it going in. So…yeah, that’s this season in a nutshell.

Fate/stay Night Unlimited Blade Works S2 Episode 24: Saving the day

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And so the battle is over. As expected, Archer didn’t die quite so easily and shows up in the end to save both Rin and Shirou. Gilgamesh seemed to die in the silliest way this week too…he says something about being reluctant to use Ea because he doesn’t want the unworthy to lay eyes on it, but Shirou had already seen it (and failed to copy it). So what exactly was the problem with using it in the Unlimited Blade Works sooner?

Anyway, it looks like next week’s episode will end up being an epilogue. I didn’t even realize there was enough epilogue content for a full episode, so I didn’t even consider that possibility. I was expecting this week’s episode to hang one of the battles to resolve next week. What exactly is supposed to happen next week? Rin and Shirou going to get married or something?